Kenwood House foodies festival

Foodies Festival: Let Them Eat Cake in the Sunshine

Billed as the the UK’s largest summer food and wine celebration, the Foodies Festival occurs all over Britain from May through August.  It’s very family friendly with children under 12 going free and dogs allowed on the grounds as long as they are on leads.  There is a chef’s theatre with cooking demonstrations and restaurant tents as well as less formal cuisine options such as street food tents and barbecues.  The live music performances and the pretty venues make for a pleasant background.

Last weekend, Foodies Festival was held on the grounds of Kenwood House, a former stately home currently operated by English Heritage, in Hampstead.  The good weather  ensured a good turnout. Who wouldn’t want to picnic and eat good food in such beautiful surroundings? Here are some highlights from the Foodies Festival at Kenwood House:

Kenwood House, a neoclassical villa designed by famed Georgian architect Robert Adam, provided a background as beautiful as a wedding cake for the Foodies Festival.

Kenwood House foodies festival

Of course, the Sussex Beer tent proved popular.  I’m sure I saw Mr. Darcy queuing up for beer.

Suffolk Beer tent at Foodies Festival

Daisy Brydon talked about her cakes as well as displaying some of her pretty amazing Daisy Brydon cake creations.  She states her goal is to create whimsical cake creations – I’d say she’s definitely done that!

Charlotte White who started Restoration Cake in a bid to jazz up cakes with retro style conducted another wonderful cake demonstration.  She’s certainly produced some stunning cakes as shown in her recently published book about cakes inspired by the art of burlesque, Burlesque Baking.

Burlesque Cake from Restoration Cake
Burlesque Cake

So you can see what interested us at this foodies festival – cakes and beer!  But who’s judging?!

Don’t miss Foodies Festival when it comes to your area.  The next ones are in Clapham Common in June, Bristol Harbourside and Tatton Park Cheshire in July, and finally, Edinburgh, Battersea Park and Oxford in August.  Check out their website for full details and to purchase tickets (£15/person).


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I am an American expat based in London with my travel-loving family. I write at Just Go Places Blog about luxury, cultural and family travel.

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